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Information Cycle: Overview

This is a guide to introduce students to the core Milner resources within the information cycle.


To learn how information is produced and how different information products can affect your research

To understand where you can find specific types of information through Milner Library research tools

What is the Information Cycle?

Information in modern society is seemingly endless. Each day, as events unfold, more information is created and then disseminated.

The "Information Cycle" refers to the cyclical and systematic manner in which information, for instance from one single noteworthy event, is produced, distributed and changes over time.

This list below represents how the progression of information is connected to information sources:

  • Instantaneously - Social networking, Online media, Mobile communication
  • Same Day - Main stream media
  • Next Day - News Media, Newspapers
  • Following Week(s)-  Popular Magazines
  • Months later - Scholarly Journals
  • Year later - Books
  • Years later - Reference works

Milner Library provides its patrons an immense variety and breadth of information. Knowing how information is produced will assist you as you locate and evaluate sources for your research.

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